I am new to knitting. I made a voyagers cap. It is a long tapered stoking style cap( almost like a Santa hat).
I used 100% wool yarn in the traditional color red. Now here is my problem. I followed the instructions for felting it and it shrunk to a third of it’s original size. The instructions were to machine wash with hot water and a cold rinse. you are also to place several other peices in with it for agitation.
Here are my questions.
- Is it the heat of the water or the agitation that causes the felting?
- Can a peice be felted without such drastic shrinkage?
- would a cold wash have caused the same amount of shrinkage?
4 Can a shrunk felted peice be streched back out to any usable degree?
Thank you for whatever help you can give.